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Hole in countertop.
Countertop stove after removing old drop-in stovetop.

Cutting into it would have caused irreversible damage to the rest of the countertop. So what do you do?

A drop-in stove oven is a type of kitchen appliance that is designed to fit seamlessly into a designated space within your kitchen cabinetry or countertop. Unlike freestanding ranges, which have finished sides and a backguard, drop-in stoves lack these features, resulting in a sleek and integrated appearance. They are typically equipped with cooktop burners on the top and an oven below for baking and roasting. When you remove a drop-in stove oven, it can leave behind a sizable and noticeable gap or hole in your countertop or cabinetry. Here are some options for dealing with the gaping hole left after removing a drop-in stove oven:

  1. Replacement with Similar Appliance: If your drop-in stove oven is being replaced with a newer model of the same type, the new appliance should fit into the existing opening. This would be the easiest solution, as it ensures a seamless and consistent look.

  2. Filler Panel: You can have a custom filler panel or trim piece created to cover the gap. This panel can be made from a matching or complementary material to your existing cabinetry. It can be affixed to the countertop or cabinetry, creating a finished and cohesive appearance.

  3. Expand the Workspace: If the gap left by the drop-in stove oven is substantial, you might consider utilizing the space for additional countertop workspace or storage. You could install a cutting board, a pull-out tray, or even a set of drawers to make the most of the available area.

  4. Install a New Cabinet: Depending on the layout of your kitchen, you could install a new base cabinet in the space left by the drop-in stove oven. This could provide extra storage or serve as a designated area for a built-in microwave or other appliance.

  5. Create a Breakfast Bar or Island: If the gap is in an island or peninsula, you could extend the countertop to create a breakfast bar or additional seating area. This can transform the space into a functional and inviting gathering spot.

  6. Open Shelving: Convert the gap into open shelving for displaying cookbooks, decorative items, or kitchen essentials. Open shelving can add a stylish and accessible element to your kitchen.

  7. Match Existing Cabinetry: If you have leftover material from your existing cabinetry, you could use it to close off the gap and create a seamless transition. This might involve creating custom doors or panels to cover the space.

  8. Consult a Professional: If you're unsure about the best solution for your specific kitchen layout and design, consider consulting a kitchen designer or contractor. They can provide expert advice and help you choose the most suitable option.

Remember to take accurate measurements of the gap and consider your kitchen's overall design and functionality before deciding on the best way to address the space left by the removed drop-in stove oven.


Butcher Block
What the countertop looked like after installing the Butcher Block.

It was an easy answer because our kitchen never had enough space for food prep any way so it was a functional addition to the kitchen. We found a company that will customize them. All we had to do was submit our measurements and it showed up in the mail a month later.


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